Character Motivation: Definition & Examples


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What is exposition?

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1. Which is not an example of what might motivate a character:

2. In the movie Rocky IV, Drago kills Rocky's trainer and best friend Apollo Creed. What is Rocky's character motivation to fight Drago?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Character motivation is an important part of explaining why characters act the way they do, and these assessment tools will help you gauge how well you understand it. The quiz will assess you on the definition of exposition and identifying a character's motivation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this worksheet and quiz combination to test your knowledge of:

  • The definition of exposition
  • Examples of character motivation
  • The motivations of heroes in popular fiction and movies
  • The motivations of villains in popular movies

Skills Practiced

You will practice these skills while completing the quiz and worksheet:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you gained regarding the character's motivation for Rocky in Rocky IV and Ralph in Lord of the Flies
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about a character's backstory and interpret how it might motivate a character
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, like exposition and character motivation

Additional Learning

To learn more about this subject, read through the related lesson called Character Motivation: Definition & Examples. It reviews the following objectives:

  • Define exposition and character motivation
  • Understand the role of character motivation in creating a believable character
  • Recognize how all characters need to be motivated by something
  • Identify the role a character's backstory may play in what motivates him or her